Mooring Trials of ‘Pioneer-M’ Research Ship to Start by Year End

Rubric: Russia, Future

Development of the technical design and engineering documentation for Pioneer-M research ship is completed; the ship is about 60% ready, technical director of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Vasily Boitsov told Mil.Press at the Army-2020 forum.

To recap, Pioneer-M was laid down at Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard on May 21, 2019. Then it was expected to hand over the ship in 2020. According to the shipyard’s website and the keel-laying plaque, the ship is being built under Project 25700 designed by OSK-T, rather than Project M-210. Mil.Press found out that, in order to cut construction costs, they used matrix of the already available Project 23390 Griffin catamaran.

Appearance of the advanced research ship Pioneer-M

In September 2019, the tender for design documentation development was cancelled due to the absence of bids. The work was finalized by Almaz Design Bureau. Late in July 2020, the USC director Aleksey Rakhmanov reported completion of designing works to president Putin.
"We’re on schedule now, working steadily. Yep, there were some external issues with the ship, but now they’re gone, and things are crystal clear. We’re on the foreseeable homestretch", noted Vasily Boitsov. "The hull is nearing completion, so hopefully we’ll start mooring trials by the yearend. We plan to finish all works by the navigation season 2021".
The Army-2020 international military and technical forum takes place in August 23-29 at Patriot Congress & Expo Center, Alabino Range and Kubinka Airbase. Watch the 4-hour long video presentation of defense releases at ArmyOnline streamed on August 24, where tens of companies presented their projects for holdings and military officials.

First few days are open for experts only, and since August 27, any visitors will be allowed to attend the exhibition.

Mil.Press, a top-priority media partner of the forum, posts the overviews of novelties and business events in the thematic section Army Forum

Ilya Bezruchko

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